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Murray Howitt.
Pole position
With 98% of pledged Murray, who works as mar-
sponsorship money now keting manager for Stanton
received, polar explorer Bonna, exceeded his original
Murray Howitt has sent off a target of £12,500. He formed
cheque to Children in Need for part of a team which trekked to
almost £13,700. the south pole.
Comedy cure for Hull Sittingbourne steams up
First Hull Trains raised a total the night, while the evening’s Hospice, Save The Children A campaign by rail staff, this year, prior to selling off However, supporters of the
of £1,200 for the Hull Comedy entertainment also involved and Cash For Kids. Prizes on volunteers and locals is the land. However, now the line hope this may be delayed
Festival and joined Keith appearances from guest come- the evening included a week- drumming up support for local council, swayed by pop- and meantime have
Chegwin and David Townend dians, a singalong of the festi- end break to London, cour- the popular Sittingbourne ular opinion, wants to save launched a Fighting Fund to
for a gala finale at the Quality val anthem by the Live Naked tesy of First Hull Trains, con- and Kemsley Light Railway the line. pay for the campaign and
Royal Hotel. Idiots, darts, Nintendo Wii and cert tickets courtesy of Viking which faces closure in the The railway’s license to purchase the land the railway
The End of Festival bingo challenges, and a lot of FM and a host of additional new year. operate on the land expires uses.
Extravaganza saw controver- surprises. prizes and giveaways sup- The owner of the land on on 28th January, 2009. The See how you can help by
sial TV favourite Keith The evening’s activities plied by the event’s support- which the railway runs gave new owner is supposed to be visiting:
Chegwin play quiz master for raised money for Dove House ers. the SKLR notice to quit earlier announced in December. www.sklr.net
A new railway station looks set feature a huge ski slope and
to join the network on the ice rink and will be built in the
Rail link for Snow Centre
Ipswich to Needham Market old quarry workings at Great
route. Blakenham. The station will
Developers have won per- serve what is being described
mission to build what will be as an indoor winter sports
Britain’s premier indoor resort.
leisure centre. SnOasis will www.snoasis.co.uk
12 | RailStaff | December 2008
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